managing a busy restaurantNot every interview is conducted in an air-conditioned office. Not every interviewer wears tie and shirt. And not every recruitment has a clear criteria for choosing an ideal candidate for a job…

Interviews in a restaurant are typically unorthodox. It is not uncommon to sit with the restaurant owner at the table, while other people are eating lunch at other table. The setting is unorthodox, and the same thing can be told about a way to succeeding. 


Not a professional recruiter

First of all, you need to realize that interviews at restaurants and other dining facilities are typically not led by professional interviewers. It means that they won’t use psychometry, or any other special form of testing job candidates, and they also won’t spend two hours considering your application.

If they like you as a person, if they feel your motivation and interest to work for them, and if you have some experience (or can convince them that you don’t need experience), they will hire you.

Your goal is to make that happen. How you can do it?

You should show enthusiasm for the job, for the place, for life. But you should also show respect and recognition. Stay humble, ask them a lot of questions about the place. Listen carefully to what they have to say. Visit the place and dine there before the start of your interview–so you have something to talk about, something to compliment them for. And you should also give at least decent answers to their questions, and we will have a look at the list of the questions right now.


Common questions in a restaurant interview

  • Why do you want to work as a waiter (barteder, barista, cook, etc.)?
  • Why do you want to work here, and not in another restaurant?
  • How long do you want to stay here?
  • Would you mind working on Sundays? Would you mind working twelve hours a day?
  • Tell me something about your working experience. Have you worked in a restaurant before? What did you like about this job? What did you hate about it?
  • How would you deal with an angry customer?
  • Are there any guests you would find difficult to serve?
  • What is your opinion on sharing tips? Are you okay with that?
  • How would you describe an ideal colleague?
  • How would your former colleagues describe you?
  • Do you have experience with “this and that”? (food preparation techniques, local cuisine, special ingredients, cash handling system, etc.)
  • How do you imagine a typical day in work at this place? What will be your responsibilities?
  • What are your salary expectations?
  • When are you able to start?

The key is to show them that you care, that you are motivated to work hard and ready to accept their conditions of employment agreement. Try to build a good relationship with the person interviewing you. And if you would like to see answers to some of the questions, check, a website that specializes only in receptionist interviews.

The Team at wishes you good luck in your interview!